TITLE

Integrating Faith and Practice: A Qualitative Study of Staff Motivations

AUTHOR(S)
Hohn, Kris; McCoy, Mary; Ivey, Dorothea; Ude, Paula Ugochukwu; Praetorius, Regina T.
PUB. DATE
December 2017
SOURCE
Social Work & Christianity;Winter2017, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Social work courses at all levels are filled with young women and men who aspire to join the profession to put their Christian faith into practice. For them, the profession is a noble calling in which they can deliver the love of God to their clients through knowledgeable, caring and evidence-based services to address the physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the people they feel called to serve. Such an understanding of the social work profession is not outside the bounds of ethical practice. Unfortunately, these same passionate students are all too often told by professors and supervisors to suspend their religious beliefs while working with clients. This advice from professors is in the interest of promoting ethical practice and client self-determination. However, it is possible to professionally connect with clients through well-honed beliefs about faith without imposing religion on clients. This paper shares the characteristics of six mental health professionals who ethically integrate their faith into their practice of helping women leave the sex industry at a faith-based, nonprofit agency. Interviews were conducted by three of the authors from this study. Phenomenology guided the interview process to describe and explore participant's lived experiences and what these experiences mean to them.
ACCESSION #
126272645

 

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